CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2013 |
As schools across Southern California prepare to open, teachers, parents and students will find increased security on their campuses, including surveillance cameras, more safety patrols, revised lockdown measures and fewer open gates. After the Newtown, Conn., tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December, where 20 students and six educators were killed, new safety efforts swept through school districts. President Obama called on administrators and law enforcement officials to reevaluate emergency procedures.
August 5, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Inside the Tudor house one block from the beach in the Rockaways, Susan Fruchter's world is much as it has been for decades. Oil paintings on the walls depict studious rabbis, framed Hebrew prints commemorate special events, elegant wooden furniture is tastefully spaced through the rooms. But outside, on the blocks of modest brick and wooden homes and tree-lined streets, everything is changing. It had started before the storm - people picking up and moving nearer to their grown children, Jews who had lived in the neighborhood for decades moving closer to kosher markets or Jewish schools.
July 27, 2013
"Do I feel like it should be stripped? I mean, yeah, I do. I feel like it should be, but that's not for me to decide, you know?" - The Dodgers' Matt Kemp , who finished second to Ryan Braun in voting for National League most valuable player in 2011, on whether Braun deserves the prize after being suspended for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. "Sandy Koufax teases me, or did one time. He said, 'Why weren't you smart enough to come up with that 10 years before and I think it could be called the Koufax operation?
July 5, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Romance can be tumultuous, and no one knows that better than the Statue of Liberty. Over and over, Lady Liberty has been separated from her adoring public, most recently by an uninvited guest named Sandy who stormed through, leaving heartbreak and ruin in her wake. For eights months, the statue stood alone in New York Harbor, but the painful breakup was pushed aside Thursday as visitors returned to the Statue of Liberty for the first time since the superstorm shut her down on Oct. 29, 2012.
June 28, 2013 |
Most Dodgers fans know of Sandy Koufax's perfect game against the Cubs in 1965 along with the two World Series MVPs and three Cy Young Awards. The Dodgers gave out Sandy Koufax bobbleheads to the first 50,000 fans Thursday night. But some things get lost in the legend of No. 32. Koufax wasn't even born a Koufax. He was born Sanford Braun, but took the name of his stepfather after his parents divorced and his mother remarried. Koufax went to the University of Cincinnati, where he walked on to the basketball team and earned a partial scholarship.
June 18, 2013 |
Real-life violence is taking a toll on kids' overall outlook, a new MTV study says. More than one-third of kids ages 14 to 17 say they "plot out escape plans when in public places, because of events like Sandy Hook," last year's elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that killed 20 children and six adults. In addition, more than half the respondents said they were scared of violence at school. PHOTOS: Sandy Hook students return to class An even bigger worry?
June 14, 2013 |
Six months ago today, on Dec. 14, Americans reacted with horror to the slaughter of 20 children and six school employees at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Suddenly, gun safety legislation was front and center everywhere, including Washington. Then in April, a recalcitrant Senate succumbed to pressure from gun manufacturers and the NRA's leadership and failed to pass even the most modest measure, a bill to extend background checks to gun shows and Internet sales. The president was angry, the families of victims frustrated, and the moment for gun control seemed lost.
June 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Although the drive for tougher gun controls has faded into the background, families of victims in the Newtown school shooting returned to the Capitol on Wednesday to show they are not giving up. Advocacy groups on both sides of the debate also are ramping up their campaigns, preparing for the Senate's likely return to the issue after it completes work on the immigration overhaul bill. Despite intense pressure from the families and gun control advocates, none of the senators who voted against a plan to expand the background check system has indicated he would change his vote.
June 5, 2013 |
Entertainment and marketing veteran Sandy Grushow is joining the board of the Weather Co., parent of the Weather Channel cable network and Weather.com A former chairman of the Fox Television Entertainment Group where he oversaw both Fox Broadcasting and the 20th Century Fox Television production studio, Grushow has spent the last several years associated with MediaLink, a prominent advertising and marketing consulting firm. He was chief content officer of the firm for three years and now serves as its senior content advisor.
May 28, 2013 |
Superstorm Sandy was a force behind Broadway's 6.2% dip in audience attendance -- its lowest level in several years, according to end-of-season statistics reported Tuesday by the Broadway League. Box-office grosses were virtually the same: Shows took in $1.14 billion during Broadway's 2012-13 season, a fraction less than the previous season. Attendance was 11.6 million, according to the data, down from last season's 12.33 million. “This is the first year in many that we have seen such a decline,” said Broadway League executive director Charlotte St. Martin, adding that shows closed for several days following Sandy's landfall.